The task force will first focus on Potter County which has roughly four times the infection rate of Harris (Houston area) and Dallas counties.
The announcement was made on Saturday. Amarillo Mayer Ginger Nelson says the task force will “arrive in the Texas Panhandle as soon as Sunday”.
The task force will take over testing and investigations of new cases.
684 people have been infected in Potter County, an infection rate of 5.66 per 100 residents.
Nearby Moore County, home to the JBS Beef meatpacking plant, has an even higher infection rate of 16.65 per 1,000 residents.
“Meat and poultry plants nationwide have emerged as incubators for coronavirus spread. More than a dozen have been forced to shut down temporarily as the number of cases and deaths tied to those facilities rose; others have scrambled to ramp up health and safety precautions in facilities where meatpackers often must work shoulder to shoulder.”